Threat Actors Don't Care if You're Compliant
Just ask the numerous organizations – or their affected customers – if compliance was enough to protect from a data breach. Threat actors are persistent and innovative, and often outpace the development of compliance standards designed to stop them. So, if compliance isn’t enough, what is? Security built for threats, not compliance checklists.
Cloud security is more than compliance
With the constant evolution of how data is managed in the cloud, the definition of “being secure” at an operational level continues to change. Often, the only guidelines for organizations are compliance standards (e.g. PCI, HIPAA, GDPR) dictated by various governmental and private institutions. While adhering to these standards is essential to remaining operationally viable, they only provide a framework for the minimum amount of protection needed for data to be considered “secure.”
Limiting cloud security to the bare minimum is a recipe for disaster. Cyber threats continue to evolve at an explosive pace, so restricting your defenses to a checklist of mandated controls makes cloud security more difficult than it needs to be.So, instead of taking a myopic view of compliance (e.g. only focusing on how to be HIPAA-compliant), organizations should consider how their security program is protecting them from data breaches. Every data-driven organization should have the same goal: compliance as the outcome of an effective cloud security program, not its driver.